by Dan – March 16th, 2017
Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the forestry initiatives in the 2014 Farm Bill. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill. The subcommittee heard from a broad panel of experts who shared their perspectives on the forestry programs authorized under Title VIII of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »
by Dan – February 23rd, 2017
While the regional drought monitor looks much better today than it did a few weeks ago, there are still many areas in the Northern half of Alabama in the severe to extreme drought category. And Tim Albritton, state staff forester with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama, knows some forest owners have been able to fair the drought a bit better than others. Read the rest of this entry »
by Dan – February 21st, 2017
From: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
I recently toured damage caused by a wildfire in Polk County that burned 5,500 acres and destroyed more than 10 homes. I was reminded that we can’t underestimate the danger that wildfires pose, and we can’t be more grateful to our heroes who run toward danger to protect us.
Last week, the Florida Forest Service responded to 119 wildfires that burned more than 14,000 acres across Florida. Forecasts predict hotter and drier conditions than normal throughout the state in the coming months, and wildfires are anticipated to increase due to these conditions. Read the rest of this entry »
by Dan – February 15th, 2017
Cathy Isom has some tips on what to do if your trees are damaged by winter storms. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?
by Randall – January 30th, 2017
New data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows nearly 40 percent of all U.S. farms are managed by more than one operator. USDA’s Economic Research Service says in 2015, 39 percent of the more than 800,000 U.S. farms had secondary operators.
USDA says commercial-sized farms often require more management and labor than an individual can provide. Also, additional operators Read the rest of this entry »
by Randall – January 30th, 2017
Those in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »
by Randall – January 27th, 2017
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is now accepting nominations for the Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which has been presented annually since 1994 to environmentally innovative Florida farmers. The award recognizes enterprises that demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing progressive techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources. Nominations must be Read the rest of this entry »
by Dan – January 24th, 2017
by Brad Buck, UF/IFAS
Sources: Melissa Kreye, Damian Adams, UF/IFAS
Voters are likely to approve referenda for forest and water conservation in the eastern United States, including Florida, because demand for ecosystem protection is increasing, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study. Read the rest of this entry »
by Randall – January 19th, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post.
The American Farm Bureau strongly endorsed the nomination of Perdue following the news. Read the rest of this entry »
by Randall – January 7th, 2017
In our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending January 6, we have a report from the annual Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, talk about the Longleaf Initiative, have information about the introduction of peanut products to infants, politics and the farm bill, Read the rest of this entry »
by Dan – January 4th, 2017
Through the Longleaf Initiative, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and their partners are working with forestland owners across the Southeast to restore longleaf pine forests. NRCS Regional Conservationist for the Southeast, James Tillman, says they are hoping more landowners will get involved. Read the rest of this entry »
by Dan – December 27th, 2016
Cathy Isom gives us some tips for disposing and recycling that Christmas tree. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?